A Historic View of Access to Healthcare for Black Americans

Healthcare reform is a major debate in the United States, with the focus centering around healthcare access. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), implemented in 2010 by the Obama Administration, has received praise for its aim to reduce the number of uninsured Americans through an expansion of Medicaid and the creation of new health insurance exchange marketplaces with…

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Fear of the White Coat: The History Behind Black American Distrust of Medicine

With the disproportionate rates of chronic and infectious diseases affecting Black Americans, one would think that this subpopulation would regularly and willingly seek medical care. Research says otherwise. According to a study analyzing the racial and ethnic differences in physician distrust, Black Americans are more likely to report distrust for physicians in comparison to White…

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The Doula Movement: A Growing Response to America’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

Maternal mortality, or death that occurs during pregnancy or shortly after, is used by the World Health Organization as an indicator of how healthy one country is compared to others. A common misconception is that maternal mortality is a public health issue reserved for developing nations. The United States, however, has the worst maternal mortality rate…

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Changes in Psychoanalytic Understandings of Gender and the Implications for the Transgender Community

To say that transgender people face large amounts of discrimination in American society and globally would be an understatement. However, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), there is a trend of improving favorability toward transgender people in the United States. In a favorability poll conducted by HRC in 2015, 44% of respondents had positive…

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